Joan Fraser, Chair
Joan has considerable experience in the charity sector and a particular interest in support for disadvantaged young people. She has a background in health, education and social policy development in the public sector.
Joan has been Chair of Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund SCIO since 2013. She was a Board Member of EVOC from 2009 and Convenor from 2013 to 2018. For 14 years she was a Trustee of The Energy People Trust which funded projects aimed at alleviating fuel poverty, especially in relation to children, young people and families. Until 2017, she chaired EVOC’s Network of Voluntary Organisations for Children, Young People and Families and represented the Network on a number of multi-agency partnership groupings. She is a former non- executive Board Member of NHS Health Scotland, a former Chair of The Yard and a former Independent Prison Monitor.
Joan was appointed Chair of the Trust in November 2013 and was re-appointed (as an independent trustee and Chair) with effect from November 2018.
Gavin is Director of College Employers Scotland, where he leads the forum through which National Bargaining is being implemented by the college sector in Scotland.
He was previously Deputy Director, Stakeholder Relations, at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to that he spent six years as Public Affairs Manager and then Acting Director of Communications at Scottish Renewables, the renewable energy trade body in Scotland, and before that he worked in the House of Commons for Dame Anne Begg MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
John has worked as a Housing Officer and Community Worker and gained a postgraduate diploma in housing. Having worked for the Big Issue in Scotland, John was one of Move On’s founders, who established the company in 1997. Since then, he has led Move On through more than twenty years of growth and development. Move On works to unlock the potential of vulnerable young people and those affected by homelessness in order to improve their lives.
Move On has developed two social enterprise approaches. In 2012, it established a “FareShare” food re-use social enterprise in Glasgow’s Whiteinch, tackling food poverty, reducing food waste and offering high quality employability opportunities. In 2018, it set up “Move On Wood Recycling” in North Edinburgh, offering training and volunteering opportunities, while recycling and re-using waste wood.
John is a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Mentoring Network, FareShare UK and also a Board Member of the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC).
John was appointed as an EVOC nominated Trustee on 11th February 2020.
Kevin has worked for over 18 years as a professional fundraiser for a variety of charities. His career began at Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds before a move to Scotland where he notably worked for Bield Housing and Care for 8 years. During this time, their fundraised income increased from £8,000 to nearly £250,000 to deliver a wide range of services to support older people living with dementia.
He then worked as the Fundraising Lead for HIV Scotland with a mission to reach zero HIV transmissions in Scotland by 2030. In 2021 he became a freelance fundraiser and his own fundraising agency, KRFC, to provide advice and support to charities of all shapes and sizes wherever.
Kevin is a keen volunteer and founded Scotland’s first LGBT+ football team, HotScots FC, in 2007 which is still going strong today. He is also the current Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Trusts and Statutory Special Interest Group; a voluntary group which helps fundraisers nationwide to develop their skills and raise more money for their respective charities.
Kevin became an Independent Trustee on 10th June 2020.
Katherine manages the Community Programmes team at People’s Postcode Lottery, who award grants through six charitable Trusts. Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, these Trusts are able to support over three thousand community groups and charities a year and Katherine loves seeing the amazing difference these good causes make to their communities.
Katherine has always been passionate about charities, working in the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s development department before joining Fife Council to support community groups to develop partnerships and secure funding. Katherine also worked for the Scottish mental health charity, Health in Mind, as their first fundraiser, establishing corporate, community and trust fundraising, and the RSPB where she managed community fundraising in Scotland. For ten years, including three as Chair, Katherine was a Trustee for Cinema for All, a charity that helps people set up and run community cinemas.
Katherine became an Independent Trustee in September 2022.
Alistair has worked for a number of financial service firms in various investment roles. For the last 20 years of his career, Alistair worked as an investment consultant, advising a range of organisations and pension funds on a broad spectrum of investment issues. Having retired in 2018 from full time employment, Alistair set himself up as an independent advisor, working with a handful of clients to help with the governance of their investment portfolios. He is currently a member of the Investment Panel for Strathclyde Pension Fund and the Specialist Investment Director for the European Parliament’s pension fund.
Prior to its transfer to ELTF, Alistair was a Trustee for the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children. Alistair joined the board of ELTF as an independent Trustee in 2023.
Tom is a qualified Management Accountant with significant Financial Services and industry experience. He currently works at Royal London as the Finance Business Partner for Pensions, with responsibility for supporting the Commercial Directors in maximising value. He has previously worked at Virgin Money, Tesco Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, having qualified at Procter and Gamble.
Tom became an independent Trustee on 17th February 2019
Janet had a career in technology and finance before setting up her own internet-based business. She developed an interest in homelessness and the impact it had on young people when she joined the board of FourSquare (Scotland). To gain a better understanding of the situation facing disadvantaged young children, she joined the Children’s Panel and the board of SAAS (Student Award Agency Scotland). At SAAS she used her technology background to support the successful introduction of the Student Account app. She served as Chair at FourSquare for four years until 2022. At FourSquare she introduced changes to the governance which supported the development of a strategy to make better use of resources and improve the services and the environment for residents as well as growing the social enterprise. Janet continues to serve as a member of the Children’s Panel.
Janet became an Independent Trustee in June 2023.
Officers who attend Trustee Meetings
He has over 30 years’ experience working for the Scottish Government holding various roles which has allowed him to develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience. He has expertise in operational delivery, implementing change, budget control and customer service.
Julie Anne, started providing administration support to the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children in May 2019. She also provided support to the Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund SCIO from November 2019 to March 2021.
She has worked in the voluntary sector for many years, primarily with EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council) where she has had a variety of different administrative roles. Julie Anne’s current position at EVOC is Events and Training Coordinator.